'Deadpool' Won't Screen in Uzbekistan, Theater Operators Decide

Deadpool Still 5 - H 2016
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Deadpool Still 5 - H 2016

Theaters cited "ethical" concerns as a reason not to screen the movie.

All theaters in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country of Uzbekistan have refused to screen Ryan Reynolds' anti-hero movie Deadpool on "ethical" grounds.

"We won't screen Deadpool as it has an age restriction and is not in line with ethical norms in our society," a spokesman for movie theater MegaCinema in the former Soviet republic's capital Tashkent announced.

News agency Sputnik quoted a representative of national cinema agency Uzbekkino as saying that theaters had the final decision about whether to screen the movie, which was scheduled to open today.

A spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. declined to comment.

This is the second ban on a major movie with violence or sexual content in the former Soviet Union's Muslim regions in the last 12 month. Last February, Fifty Shades of Grey was banned in Russia’s North Caucasus.

Last month, Deadpool, based on the Marvel comic book character and produced by 20th Century Fox, was denied a release in China due to its violence, nudity and graphic language.